Comments: Water is running high again after the recent rains. Not many fish have been rising in the early mornings but a few are sipping small Spinners and Winter/Summer Caddis. I have been fishing down for them with Caddis larvae and Stonefly nymphs until I notice fish visibly rising then grabbing my dry rod and throwing small spinners or W/S Caddis. Olives are starting to gather on the riffles in the evening. Not many trout have been coming up for the tiny spinners. However I have been taking lots of fish on small Pheasantail nymphs down to size 22 imitating small BWO nymphs. A pattern that has been tearing it up out there for a good couple of months now is Aaron Jasper’s Pineapple Express. I want to thank Aaron for his great patterns and here is the url to the video of Pineapple Express TPO fly of the Month June 2010. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdrtvM4F6l4
The fly I have pictured here is just a spinnoff of the Pineapple Express that I tie a bit differently. This fly is mainly a small pheasantail with a rusty, yellowish dubbing mix for a thorax and a hot collar of UTC fire orange thread for the hotspot. Stonefly 10-14 and Isonychia nymphs 10-12 have been very effective in the high water. I like French Nymphing these patterns in current seams and along shelf water. The rain is supposed to stop and with moderate temperatures this weekend you can count on the fishing being good as the water recedes. Good luck to all out there this weekend. Hook em up!
Hatches (in order of importance): Sulphurs 14-18 March Brown/Grey Fox 12-14, Isonychia 10-12, Winter/summer Caddis 18-22, Tan and Green Caddis 16-20.
Comments: Early am the winter/summer caddis have been driving trout bonkers causing them to line the banks and softer water snatching pupae that are swimming toward shore, I prefer to fish Dave Goulet’s foam pupae skittering down and across the current. Mid afternoon and evening have been frantic with Sulphurs, Caddis, Isonychia, BWO’s, Potomantis, and a few March Browns. When the hatches get frantic like this it can be a frustrating time if you are waiting for a specific hatch. Stay focused and hone your powers of observation by finding a few fish and watching them closely for clues as to what they are feeding on. When watching trout feeding be mindful of escaping insects, and rise forms to help you put the pieces of the puzzle together. Fish aren’t taking your dry imitation? Tie a dropper off your dry to imitate the emerger. Switch your flies frequently until you can match the hatch. Rusty Spinners in larger sizes such as 12-14 are putting some of our bigger trout on the line in the late evenings. As far as nymphing we have been catching lots of nice trout during the am Caddis hatch on simple yellow Caddis larvae patterns. There is a strong population of Golden Stoneflies in various sizes my favorite are size 12 and 6. These flies always produce fish for us. I have personally been using the French Nymphing tactics to target some specific hatches with great success. If you have started using this technique don’t be afraid to use those hatch specific wet flies on the top of your brace. We have been putting a bunch of fish in the net in the afternoons by positioning Sulphur wets as a dropper on our brace of flies. I am planning to trying this same thing with Isonychias which are a much bigger insect and food source for trout. These larger insects seldom pass without large trout noticing in my opinion. Whether your voice is hoarse from screaming obscenities at the trout or shouting “Fish on!” have a good week and enjoy our wonderful Farmington River.
While I was away on vacation visiting my family in Maine, I got the opportunity to go and fish the Sebasticook River. This river is very near and dear to me as I was raised along its banks when I was a boy. Having grown up north of the area we were fishing in a small town called Clinton, Maine I am quite familiar with this river. Each year there was an opportunity for fisherman to get into some very nice Brook Trout early in the season. After the ice comes off the ponds and lakes it creates cold water runoff. When the water levels drop, trout thrive in these chilly waters and can be caught until the water in the river warms. Warmer water conditions force trout to find cooler water temperatures via spring fed streams or deepholes. Then the river becomes good smallmouth bass fishing with perch, bluegill, and other warmwater species become the main quarry. The state of Maine (ME) recently tore out a dam in Winslow, ME changing the river drastically upstream to the next dam in Benton, ME. This also set up a tailwater fishery scenario behind this dam in Benton. Recent chatter amongst friends regarding this occurrence allowing trout to migrate from downstream into this tailwater caused me to investigate. Once we got there it didn’t take long to figure out this trout mystery, for the most part that is. The A.M. water temps at a blistering 72*F immediately made this waterway supsect in my opinion, and stamped a definite label of “Warmwater fishery” on it for me. More than likely this river will hold trout in the earlier months of the year until the water starts to show temperatures they cannot tolerate; at which time they will retreat to deeper water or spring fed streams for the remainder of the year. Though I was disappointed at this, I must say that it really didn’t affect the amount of fun that we all had catching everything from White Perch to Smallmouth Bass and a whole slew of other warmwater species. I saw several Huge American Eels in this river and I mean these things were big like 4′ long and as big around as your arm. I turned one with my foot on a riffle I was nymphing; bewildered by its size I wandered slowly to the edge of the river to recoup. Yuck! With that moment etched in my mind I swore an oath to wade a tab bit more cautiously as to not encounter another one of those creatures. Some other good news to come out of this is that the presence of Alewive runs currently in this river will cause some great bass to be grown in this fishery and also for the definite possibility of catching stripers as far north on the Sebasticook River as Benton ME. I want to thank my friends and family for a wonderful visit and Special thanks to my fishing buddies while there, Zachary, Tyler, and Rick. Also to my dad for a special day we had talking about 100% fishing all day, add great food to that and you have a trip to remember.
Hatches (in order of importance): March Brown Spinners 12-14 and Rusty Spinners 16-20 are falling in the evening. March Browns/Grey Fox 12-14 are starting to show. Winter/Summer Caddis 18-22 have been coming off the water early and making some great sunrise action. Blue Wing Olives 16-20 have been blowing up the river on cloudy, cool days. Tan Caddis 16-18, and Green Caddis 16-20 are hatching from Collinsville to Riverton and the fish are spending a great deal of time taking these in the evening right up until dark. A few Vitreus & Sulphurs have been seen on the river.
Comments: This past weekend I had an absolute great time fishing with my brother in law on the Famington River. I absolutely enjoy each chance I get to take a family member out on the river, it really makes me feel good to get out there with others and see their face flood with happiness as they set the hook into a nice fish.The first evening was a great confidence builder as we knocked some of the rust off his casting. We took a few smaller browns on some caddis emerger patterns and finished the night off with a rusty spinner which was turning fish left and right. The next morning with his skills looking a great deal better he got in a wrestling match with a nice Farmington Brown. I shouted instructions like a drill sargeant as he landed the fish. When we were done I was glad that he is an understanding and tolerant person. I apologized and congratulated him on a super nice catch.The caddis and spinners work wonderful for us this weekend as we relaxed and enjoyed the scenic Farmington River. We took fish on both dries and french and spanish nymphing. Fishing with family is a great way to have some fun and always seems to have a great ending. A weekend filled with great food, great company, and some great flyfishing on the Farmington River.
Who could ask for more? Nymphing has been producing some nice fish. Caddis larvae in just about any color has been getting it done in 12-16, I suggest green or brown as these are the most common colors that I see in my seine.
Hatches (in order of importance): 5/17/2010 – The Farmington is flowing TMA at 450cfs. The Hendrickson hatch # 12-14 is just about over but still can be found below Hogback Dam on the uppermost reaches of the river. Hendrickson Spinners #12-14 and Rusty Spinners #16-20 are falling in the evening. Winter/Summer Caddis #18-22 have been hatching close to daybreak and producing during the early hours of the day on the slower sections of the River. Blue Wing Olives #16-20 have been hatching in the early evening accounting for some nice trout.Tan Caddis #16-18, and Green Caddis #16-20 are now hatching from Collinsville to New Hartford. March Browns/Grey Fox #12-14 have also been reported on the lower river in Collinsville to Pleasant Valley.
Comments: This past week the fishing was great in the early morning hours busting many fish with Spanish and French Nymphing on caddis patterns. The evenings have been fishing good with Rusty spinners and small caddis emergers. The caddis have been coming off religiously for an hour before dark. Trout have been feeding on these Caddis explosively throughout the evening. Many of these fish feeding on Caddis cannot resist a large spinner drifted over them, and will suck it up. This past week has brought some nice fish and a few great opportunities to catch some trout with some old friends on the river. The rainy conditions over the next few days should bring a great opportunity to nymph on the Farmington with the possibility of some higher water conditions. Hit the seams and dredge up some big browns.